With gender discrepancies and growing gaps in remunerations between the sexes a bitter reality, an actress will be seen getting paid more than the male superstars in her film. For the first time ever, Deepika Padukone has reversed the wage gap with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s periodic epic, Padmavati.
Deepika, who will be next seen playing the titular role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film that narrates the life of Allaudin Khilji – alongside Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – will literally be writing history in Indian cinema with her historic film by getting INR 13 Crore rupees added to her bank account!
As opposed to the usual norm of actors bagging a heavier pay cheque than the female actor, Padmavati has Deepika take home the highest remuneration.
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According to sources who spoke to Hindustan Times, “There are a lot of speculations about the pay structure of Padmavati. However, Sanjay was clear that the film belongs to Deepika. The film is mounted on its female protagonist Deepika Padukone with the title being a testimony of the actress’ investment in the project. As for the remuneration, Deepika has taken home a whopping Rs. 13 Crore, while Ranveer and Shahid share equal digits that read close to Rs. 10 crores respectively.”
While the reverse pay scale of Padmavati sets a new precedent in Bollywood, owing to Deepika’s primacy in the film, we hope that perhaps more directors can follow suit and give the credit where it’s due, literally.
The film is all set to release in November 2017.